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Persecution of Christians

Fiona Bruce MP attends the Open Doors’ World Watch announcement every year in Parliament, this reports on religious persecution worldwide.
This year the World Watch List highlights the continually devastating levels of violence Christians face, from widows in Nigeria whose husbands have been killed by Boko Haram, to girls in Pakistan who have been raped, forcefully converted and married against their will, to those caught up in bomb blasts and shootings in Egypt.
Over 200 million Christians are living in countries ranked on the 2018 World Watch List as ‘high’, ‘very high’ or ‘extreme’ level of persecution. However, it is non-violent persecution that is having the most significant impact on Christians, with the report specifically highlighting India where there continues to be a trend towards a toxic brand of nationalism where non-violent persecution has pushed India’s score to new heights. There are now 11 countries designated as countries of extreme persecution, compared to just one, North Korea, four years ago.

Fiona said: “I am alarmed at the way in which persecution of Christians is escalating year on year. The international right to freedom of religion or belief is being denied and neglected in more and more countries and action must be taken to reverse this trend. I continue to raise concerns in Parliament, including the recommendations which are highlighted in Open Doors’ latest World Watch List published this month.”
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